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Tech blogger posts videos of Apple Watch surviving 1,200 meter swim test, other challenges

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Date: Monday, May 11th, 2015, 08:23
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Uncategorized, Wearables

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Now that the Apple Watch is out, it’s time to put it through a battery of physical tests, including water-based ones.

The good news is that the device seems to hold up pretty well. Over the weekend, endurance sports and tech blogger Ray Maker posted a few Apple Watch-related waterproof videos, including the first lap swimming test with Apple’s new wearable.

In the first video, Maker tests the Apple Watch against higher-intensity swimming activities. As he notes, “It’s the wrist hitting the water that’s so difficult for watch waterproofing due to the impact forces,” so that’s what he decides to focus on in the test. After about 25 minutes in the water and a 1200 meter swim, Maker found results similar to most other waterproofing tests over the past few weeks – the Apple Watch remains seemingly unharmed by even the most daunting submerged water tests.

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Rumor: Apple exploring silver nanowire technology for 12.9-inch iPad

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Date: Monday, May 11th, 2015, 07:39
Category: Hardware, iPad, Rumor

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I’m not entirely sure what nanowire is, but it sounds pretty cool.

A new report claims that Apple is investigating silver nanowire technology to improve touch panels in its much anticipated upcoming 12.9-inch iPad.

The quote reads as follows:

“Apple is planning to apply nano new material on touch panel. By changing ITO-based clear film with silver nano wire (AgNW) material, it plans to raise sense of touch and decrease cost.국내 은나노와이어 Domestic AgNW based touch-screen panel (TSP) industries are getting ready to commercialize the products as soon as possible.”

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Additional teardown, analysis finds Apple Watch CPU/GPU manufactured via Samsung’s 28-Nanometer process

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Date: Friday, May 8th, 2015, 07:27
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Processors, Uncategorized, Wearables

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The Apple Watch has gone through a number of teardowns since its release on April 24. The newest release from Chipworks has revealed the wearable to feature 512MB of RAM, a Broadcom Wi-Fi chip, an accelerometer/gyrometer from STMicroelectronics, 30 individual components inside the 26mm x 28mm S1 package, a feat Chipworks calls “quite an accomplishment.”

Among the more interesting discoveries Chipworks has made is the manufacturing process for the APL0778 application processor (CPU/GPU). It was made with Samsung’s 28 nanometer LP process, which is no longer cutting edge technology. A 28-nanometer processor was also used in the iPhone 5s, while the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus used 20-nanometer A8 processors.

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Tests show Apple Watch heart rate sensor to be nearly on par with Mio’s Alpha unit

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Date: Friday, May 8th, 2015, 07:27
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Uncategorized, Wearables

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Apple picked a good heart rate sensor for the Apple Watch.

After a series of tests by Mac and iOS developer Brad Larson in which raw data was extracted from both devices, the heart rate sensor on the Apple Watch was determined to be nearly on par with the Mio Alpha, a popular dedicated heart rate sensor also worn on the wrist. The Alpha produced sharper peaks, which may suggest more filtering on the Watch, but in most cases the data produced was essentially equal.

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This is Nifty: Medium offers secure, self-destructing dictated messages with Confide app

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Date: Thursday, May 7th, 2015, 08:56
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, iPhone, News, security, Wearables

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This could be pretty interesting.

Medium’s Confide, which has surfaced for the Apple Watch, allows users to send end-to-end encrypted messages that delete themselves forever as soon as they’re read.

The app also works with iOS’ Handoff, allowing you to edit your messages between iOS devices before sending with customizable notifications alerting you to new messages as they arrive.

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Apple’s iOS devices, ResearchKit being incorporated into DNA studies

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Date: Thursday, May 7th, 2015, 08:13
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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The iOS is being used for some pretty neat DNA studies.

A series of five new apps based on Apple’s ResearchKit, including one called ‘mPower”, has allowed researchers to track symptoms of Parkinson’s disease as well as help recruit thousands of study participants in a few days.

“Apple launched ResearchKit and got a fantastic response. The obvious next thing is to collect DNA,” says Gholson Lyon, a geneticist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, who isn’t involved with the studies.

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Cosmopolitan resort in Las Vegas now accepts Apple Pay transactions

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Date: Thursday, May 7th, 2015, 07:40
Category: Apple Watch, iPhone, News, retail, Wearables

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You will soon be able to lose a great deal of money in Vegas with Apple Pay.

Or at least pay for the hotel/casino in which you lose a great deal of money.

The Cosmopolitan resort in Las Vegas has announced that Apple Pay will be accepted at the hotels’ front desk, restaurants and bars by early June. Room service can also be streamlined using Apple Pay, as the concierge service will also accept Apple Pay as a payment method. This means that you can pay with your iPhone or your Apple Watch.

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Apple edges closer to offering in-store pickup for Apple Watch

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Date: Thursday, May 7th, 2015, 07:54
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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You might be able to pick up an Apple Watch from an Apple Store location in the relatively near future.

Following a change to its web site, Apple is apparently preparing to have the Apple Watch available as an in-store item that can be picked up in the United States and other launch countries. The option has been revamped to “available soon” on the Apple Online Store and within the Apple Store app. The news is mixed, as the option remains grayed out on Apple’s website and app, making it unavailable to select, and Apple’s Reserve and Pickup system for the Apple Watch has yet to go live.

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This is Nifty: Volkswagen developing Car-Net app for iOS devices

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Date: Wednesday, May 6th, 2015, 08:20
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, News, Software, Wearables

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German car manufacturer Volkswagen today announced that it’s joining the ranks of companies offering an Apple Watch app to go along with its broader mobile service.

VW’s Car-Net service, which debuted in 2014, has offered services like remote control of climate settings, checking if you left your windows open or where you parked, and fuel/battery monitoring are all available for both the iOS and Android platforms.

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Apple confirms existence of “Applebot” web crawler, says program indexes the Web for Siri, Spotlight

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Date: Wednesday, May 6th, 2015, 07:30
Category: News, Software

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Sometimes it’s the Web traffic logs that really let you know what Apple is up to.

Last fall, a number of webmasters began seeing web crawler visits from IP addresses starting with 17, an IP address block owned entirely by Apple. Apple has now officially confirmed in a support document that it is operating its own web crawler called “Applebot”.

As of now, Applebot is the web crawler utilized by Apple products such as Siri and Spotlight Suggestions. The program respects the customary robots.txt and robots meta tags used by most crawler programs.

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